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Comp Plan revision update; Palisades Townhomes presentation; Tetonia New Town presentation

Comp Plan Revision Update
Jan Gallup, the land use advisor that Tetonia has hired, made a presentation to the P&Z of the work that has been done on the comprehensive plan and on the town ordinances. She asked the commission to review the documents and to schedule a public hearing to get citizen input on March 3rd at the Mountain View Lodge. She stressed that time was of the essence as the town desperately needs both an updated comp plan as well as updated ordinances. For interested folks the proposed ordinances and comp plan can be viewed on the city web site www.tetoniaidaho.org.

In other business two different projects were put in front of the P&Z in a work meeting format. The developers wanted feedback from the commission on their plans.

Palisades Townhomes Presentation
Schiess & Associates presented a plan they are proposing to call Palisades Townhomes, located east of the Mountain View Lodge on 3.5 acres. The plan is currently for eight fourplex buildings for a total of 36 units. VARD commented on the design saying that for that location a variety of designs and units would be much more appealing and suggested that the developers look at a traditional neighborhood design format. Being that close to the center of town it makes sense that any development be walkable with a mixture of uses included in the plan. Tetonia is a blank slate in many ways and it is important that the first developments set a high standard.

Tetonia New Town presentation
Bruce Simon of Prime Properties of Jackson Hole presented an idea for a development located at the north end of town on 8+/- acres. The proposed Tetonia New Town was presented as a walkable community that is to be oriented around future mass transit in the valley, meaning that it would have a connection with future START bus routes in the valley. This plan had some good design ideas and seems to be located in a good spot for such a concept.

This was a work meeting only and both plans if they move forward would need to be heard at a public hearing.

One interesting side note: when the sewer system upgrade is finished there will be in the neighborhood of 300 more hookups available. If these two plans move forward, between them they would use up to 150 of those hookups. With interest in Tetonia growing, a big question is how soon will the additional sewer capacity be used up.

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